College Football Preseason Rankings 2011: Michigan State's Chance to Break out
Despite finishing 11-1 in 2010 and sharing the Big Ten title, Michigan State is still out to prove that it’s for real.
The Spartans benefited from a relatively easy schedule and had some very close calls last season, and despite its double-digit wins, many fans and experts are skeptical.
MSU’s one regular season loss was a 37-6 blowout to Iowa, and then it lost 49-0 to Alabama in the Capital One Bowl.
Now, Michigan State is out to prove it wasn’t a fluke.
The offense will be one of the best in the Big Ten, thanks to star quarterback Kirk Cousins and the running back trio of Edwin Backer, Le’Veon Bell, and Larry Caper. The receiving corps could be the best in the conference as well.
However, there are concerns on both lines and the defense could struggle due to the loss of star linebacker Greg Jones.
The potential is there, but there are also potential weaknesses. It’s hard to predict how Michigan State will finish, just like last season, but there’s a chance for the Spartans to finish well above or well below their current No. 17 ranking.
-- Kevin Trahan
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